mardi 22 août 2017

Transference, a Get Messy class

Have you checked out the new class at Get Messy? It's called Transference and it's by Tiffany Julia (aka @ariestrash). Before taking this class, I mostly did packing tape transfers. I tried one or two gesso transfers, but never got the results I wanted. But, after actually learning what the technique is and after buying the right supplies, I do right in to Transference's lessons.


Two things became clear right away. 1- you need lots of patience for this and 2- you must be willing to let go of perfection. There is more than 50% chance that the result will not be how you imagined it. That can be confronting for some, but I think if you don't risk anything, you don't gain much. Tiffany was so great about giving us some tips to help 'clean up' some of the transfers.


I applied that technique to help bring out the jackalope from the background. Both the central figure and the jackalope are transfers in this spread. The woman is from a magazine and the jackalope I laser photocopied.


The learning curve isn't too steep but there are a few supplies you may need that you don't have readily available in your studio. That said, the supplies you need have a wide range of uses so even if you feel transfers aren't your thing, those materials will not be lost and you can use them for other projects.


The most exciting part is the reveal.


There are some things I learned from taking the class. Not every image will give you good results so have a plan B handy.


Don't use too much water or the transferred image will be too soaked and it will be removed at the same time as the paper backing.


Seal everything with matte medium because the transfer, when it dries, will lose some of its saturation. The matte medium will help keep the colours vibrant, though it doesn't work all the time.


This is such a cool technique. Tiffany's precise instructions make it easy to try out transfers.


And the results are super satisfying, even when they don't come out perfect. This actually pushes you to try new and different techniques...always a plus in my view.


So give it a try and let's see where this takes you!


You can find the Transference class here.

lundi 21 août 2017

The Modern Poet zine


We had a slightly different approach for this zine. The Modern Poet zine would focus on words and we created it for Rebecca, wordstress extraordinaire! We enlisted the help of Tori from Drawriot for this zine. I got to make the base so I started the cover of the zine and everyone else added to it.


Words can be flowers, words can also hurt. Some words written in China can get you exiled or imprisoned. This page was meant to express that.


I did the right page above. The base is made with alternating washi tapes with words and letters. ''Mots ou maux'' means ''words or hurts'', different words that sound the same in French.


The page on the left above is mine as well (with some added loveliness!). It is a haiku that isn't a true one (I didn't count the syllables), so that is why I added the Japanese washi tape.


All in all one of my favourites because it pushed me to try something new! Please check out Julia, Katie and Tori's pages!

samedi 19 août 2017

Get Messy Season of Fairytales || 02

This week's pages are heavily influenced by Transference, the new class at Get Messy! I will have a blog post on this class coming on Tuesday if you are curious about it. Last weeks we left the Lady of the Moors in the presence of the Witch. The central figure and the jackalope are transfers while the skull is a napkin glued down with matte medium.


I have been reunited with my dip pen and ink and I do love those splatters and the wonky thickness of the letters.


This spread is a take on the focus on a detail prompt. I started thinking about the colour red and its presence in so many fairytales: the apple in Snow White, the roses in Alice in Wonderland, the ruby shoes in the Wizard of Oz, the cloak in Red Riding Hood, every single princess's lips, etc.


What secrets do these red elements hold? I focused on the roses because I love them and they have a special symbolic significance for me every since I read The Little Prince.


I imagine the Witch holds the secret of the Roses within her and gave it to the Lady. 


The Season of Contrast was all about hands but I feel this one is shaping up to be all about eyes!



One of my favourite stories is The Dark Tower by Stephen King. In one of the books, a witch Rhea of the Coos, examines a young maiden, Susan, and that scene came back to me full force while I was making the spread below. But in my story, the Witch is kind, her hands are gifting the lady with secrets.


The hands are an image transfer. Unfortunately, I used too much water and pulled up some of the image. So I outlined the image to try and pull up some of the details.



Then a transformation occurs, brought on by the Witch's gift.


The butterfly wing is another transfer. It was more vivid when wet. I sealed it with matte medium thinking it would keep the saturation of the colour but instead it dulled it down.


As with any transformation or growth, the rest of the group may not always understand or be able to accept the changes a person has made.




This final spread was inspired by Riet's fun prompt to include yourself in the spread.



This is a picture of me during our visit to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I printed it out on vellum. To hide my modern day clothes, I cut out the image of the dress and inserted her neck under my ponytail. You can just see my striped hoodie peeking out.


This black and white photo of me dates from 2004, when I visited la Pointe-du-Raz in Brittany, France. Loved walking those cliffs with my long black coat.


The writing is a packing tape transfer, which is my go to for transfers since it is so quick and easy to do. It is actually part of the free lesson for Transference.


I am loving the Season so much! What about you?

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mercredi 16 août 2017

My 30 Days of lists notebook || September 2017 edition (and a giveaway)

Hello all! It's that time again, September is rolling in very soon and that means LISTING! Yes, 30 Days of Lists is just around the corner. There is information about a giveaway in this post, but you'll have to read till the end! Each round, I try to keep things interesting by changing up the style of my lists. This time, I decided to try a completely new format for me: 12 by 6 inches.


Ever have those gorgeous 12 x 12 papers that it just hurts your heart to cut? Yep, me too. So I am trying out this format for September's lists. I had used a similar notebook for Find Your Voice 2015 that I did through RUkristin (now The Awesome Ladies Project). 


I'm really excited to see how I will fill these lovely pages.


I'm thinking (as I usually do for 30 Lists) stash-busting time! I'd love to use up my scraps actually, so I think this is the direction I may take.


This includes some watercolour paper scraps from other bookbinding projects. I may use them as a base for my lists.


These floral papers...I love them so! If you do to, I made a notebook that is the same size as mine; it's available in my Etsy shop here. There are a bunch of different sizes there as well (including 6 x 8 inches and Midori Traveller's Notebook size)


I am looking forward to seeing how people will choose to list this time around.


Looking at what people make in the community is one of my favourites aspects of this project.


This is the middle of my notebook. After this the pages repeat.


Look at all that space!!!


Are you curious about this project? You can see all my past editions by clicking the project link on the right sidebar on my blog or by following this link. You can also get more information on the September edition here. If you'd like to register, please use the registration button on the right sidebar of my blog as this is an affiliate link and helps me carry on with these creative endeavours (and a big thank you!).


Want to win a spot in September's edition of 30 Days of Lists? Then take a look at the giveaway post on my Instagram feed. You could win a spot for you and a friend! Good luck (winners will be announced on Friday August 25th)

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